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Hines Ward Career Timeline - 2009 - 12th Year

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9/10/09 Vs. Tennessee Titans Ward makes his 150th career start at WR, catching eight passes for 103 yards.  This is his 21st career 100-yard receiving game in the regular season.   With less than a minute remaining in the game, as Ward pushes his way closer to the goal line, Titans S Michael Griffin strips the ball, and LB Stephen Tulloch recovers it for Tennessee. Going into OT, Roethlisberger hits Ward for 11 yards, Holmes for 11 and rookie WR Mike Wallace for 22. Unwilling to risk a turnover, the Steelers bring in Reed, who makes the FG from the 33 and the Steelers take it.  Titans QB Kerry Collins loses to the Steelers for the first time in his 15-year career. W 13-10 in OT
9/20/09 @ Chicago Bears Ward has a team-high six receptions for 57 yards.  Bears K Robbie Gould nails a 44-yard field goal in the rain with 11 seconds remaining to give the Bears and rookie QB Jay Cutler the win. L 14-17
9/27/09 @ Cincinnati Bengals Ward catches four passes for 82 yards with a season-long 41-yard reception.  He becomes the first receiver in Steelers history to have 10,000 receiving yards when he makes a 14-yard reception in the second quarter (10,022) from Roethlisberger.  Ward has now caught a pass in a team-record 165 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL.  Bengals' QB Carson Palmer 's 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with 14 seconds left in the game gives the Bengals the hard fought game. L 20-23
10/4/09 Vs. San Diego Chargers With the offense having an incredible game, Ward has 8 receptions for 113 yards, in his 22nd career 100-yard receiving game in the regular season.  RB Rashard Mendenhall rushes for 165 yards on 29 carries.   W 38-28
10/11/09 @ Detroit Lions In the Steelers first visit back to Detroit since winning Super Bowl XV Ward catches seven passes for 85 yards.  He scores his first TD of the season on a 17 yard pass from Big Ben.  Roethlisberger has a season-high three touchdowns passes through three quarters.  Steelers Nation, known to travel well, loudly chants "DE-FENSE!" and twirls Terrible Towels to help Pittsburgh keep Detroit out of the end zone and win the game. W 28-20
10/18/09 Vs. Cleveland Browns Ward has eight receptions for 159 yards with a season-long TD of 52 yards.  A 13-yard TD pass to Ward is overturned on replay because the ball came out of his hands as he rolled out of bounds.  Ward has his 23rd career 100-yard receiving game, marking his third all-time highest receiving game.  This marks the Steelers 12th consecutive win over the Browns. W 27-14
10/25/09 VS. Minnesota Vikings Ward makes his 19th consecutive start at WR and has one reception for 3 yards.  In the last 6 minutes of the game, DE Brett Keisel strips Vikings QB Brett Favre of the ball.  LB LaMarr Woodley gets the ball and returns it 77 yards for the TD.  Then, with just a minute left, LB Keyaron Fox gets an 82-yard interception return on a Favre pass meant for Chester Taylor.   W 27-17
11/9/09 @ Denver Broncos Ward catches seven passes for 44 yards, two of them short TD passes from Big Ben.   In the 4th quarter, the Broncos can't get the ball back.   Pittsburgh goes on an 11-play, 74-yard drive that takes 5:08 and ends with Ward leaping over Denver CB Champ Bailey into the end zone to give the Steelers a 28-10 lead with 1:22 remaining.  This marks Ward's 16th career multi-touchdown game.   W 28-10
11/15/09 Vs. Cincinnati Bengals Ward has four receptions for 24 yards. For the first time since 1998, the Bengals take the season series. L 12-18
11/22/09 @ Kansas City Chiefs Ward catches 10 passes for 128 yards, his 24th career 100-yard receiving game and fourth of the season in this tough game with the Chiefs.  In the 2nd quarter, Ward gets the TD on an 8 yard pass from Roethlisberger.  Only a few minutes into OT, Roethlisberger is taken off the field with a possible concussion after he takes a knee to the helmet while being sacked by Derrick Johnson.   Kansas K Ryan Succop kicks a 22-yard field goal with 8:28 left in overtime, stunning the Steelers. L 24-27 in OT
11/29/09 @ Baltimore Ravens Ward has three receptions for 47 yards from QB Dennis Dixon, in for Roethlisberger (concussion) and Charlie Batch (broken wrist) in the first start of his career.  In OT, Paul Kruger intercepts a Dixon pass, setting up a 29-yard field goal by K Billy Cundiff with 6:42 left.  For the second week in a row, the Steelers lose in OT and have lost three straight for the first time since 2006 with Coach Cowher. L 17-20 in OT
12/6/09 Vs. Oakland Raiders Ward catches six passes for 77 yards.  In this frenetic game, the lead changes hands five times in the final nine minutes of the 4th quarter.  Pittsburgh drives 80 yards in 7 plays for a Ward TD, but Oakland WR Louis Murphy catches an 11-yard TD pass from QB Bruce Gradkowski with nine seconds remaining to take the lead and the game.  Ward now has 484 career points, moving into fifth place on the team's all-time scoring list ahead of Jerome Bettis, who finished his career with 482 points as a Steeler. L 24-27
12/10/09 @ Cleveland Browns In subzero weather, Ward makes his 25th consecutive start at WR, catching four passes for 21 yards.  Losing their fifth straight game, Roethlisberger is sacked 8 times.  Pittsburgh is unable to put together a scoring drive in the 4th quarter to tie up the game.  The downward spiral continues, with hopes of another playoff run dimming.   L 6-13
12/20/09 Vs. Green Bay Packers Ward gets seven receptions for 126 yards with a long of 54, eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving mark of the season.  This is the second straight 1,000-yard year for Ward, giving him six career 1,000-yard receiving season, the most in team history.  He has now caught a pass in his team-record 176th consecutive game.  Possibly saving their season, on the very last play of the game with 0:02 seconds on the clock, Big Ben throws a touchdown pass to WR Mike Wallace, who just manages to keep his toes in the end zone in a play reminiscent of the pass and catch by Santonio Holmes that won the Super Bowl last year.  Roethlisberger throws for 503 yards, becoming the first Steelers quarterback to throw for 500 yards in a game.  Roethlisberger now has 3,849 passing yards on the season, pushing him past Terry Bradshaw's 3,724 in 1979 for most in one season by a Steeler. W 37-36
12/27/09 Vs. Baltimore Ravens Ward catches four passes for 37 yards in his 177th consecutive game.  Reed's 38-yard field goal puts Pittsburgh ahead with 5:25 remaining in the game.  For the first time, the Steelers have two 1,000-yard receivers (Holmes, Ward), a 1,000-yard rusher (Rashard Mendenhall) and a 4,000-yard passer (Roethlisberger).  With playoff hopes still alive, the Steelers could still possibly not make the playoffs, even with a win against the Dolphins on January 3. W 23-20
1/3/10 @ Miami Dolphins Ward has eight receptions for 61 yards.  Ward has now caught a pass in 178 consecutive games, moving him into fifth place ahead of Steve Largent in NFL history.  Even with the win, the Steelers are knocked out of the playoff race when Baltimore clinches an AFC wild-card berth by winning at Oakland. W 30-24
RECAP   Started all 16 games for the first time since 2004.

Ward became the first wide receiver in team history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards and became only the fifth player to reach 10,000 receiving yards with one team.

Ward's 95 receptions were eighth best in the NFL and was tied for ninth in the league in receiving yards.

Tied a team-record for career 100-yard receiving games (23).

Ward had his club-best sixth 1,000-yard receiving season.

Ward is named the Steelers' Ed Block Courage Award Winner.
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